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Community leaders partner together to raise awareness of racial violence

Posted: 3:03 PM, Jan 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-14 16:15:35-05
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OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — Community leaders announce a new coalition, Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, to coordinate efforts to memorialize victims of lynching and raise awareness of racial violence in Douglas County.

September 28, 2019 marks 100-years since the lynching for Will Brown in Omaha. Brown was a young African-American man who was falsely accused of a crime, killed, his body burned and dragged through town by a racist mob.

"Sometimes when you look history straight in the eye you will get a black eye,” Franklin Thompson, Director of Human Rights and Relations, City of Omaha said. “But you will also get an opportunity to figure out what is the real problem. The root problem with slavery and violence is the abuse of power and privilege."

The group is meeting Monday, January 14, from 5:30 until 7:30 at the Highlander, 2112 N 30th Street, Suite 101. The meeting is open to anyone interested in discussing opportunities for moving toward racial justice, establishing memorials and planning the commemoration for this fall.